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Should We Pray Outloud

Jesus said we shouldn't pray in the marketplace for others to see and hear, but to pray in our closets. Does this mean we should pray aloud in our closets? Should ALL prayer be aloud? Is silent prayer in the marketplace okay?

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 ---Geraldine on 11/25/12
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when Jesus prayed, He always looked toward heaven. I don't think it matters how we pray. sometimes I lay in bed and pray. I have prayed while driving on trips. I have knelt down beside my bed and prayed.
---shira4368 on 3/26/13

John 11:41a-42 And Jesus lifted up [his] eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said [it], that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
---micha9344 on 3/25/13

Nikki, I love Walmart, there is one close to my house in our new shopping center. They have everything I need at good prices. The people working there are great people, why would anyone laugh at them. It is nonesense to hear someone say they would. Hard working people trying to support their own families and a suppose Christian laughing at them is so far hard to believe. But you do hear it from those claiming they are beheaded day in and day out. Great example from someone beheaded.
---Mark_V. on 3/25/13

walmart is my store. anyone who thinks they are above the walmart store don't have to shop there. they have levi jeans for 19.95. I can even afford levi's at walmart. we have a publix market here and some things are way below walmart.
---shira4368 on 3/24/13

I always pray before entering Walmart. I pray, Lord, please don't let me stare or laugh at those "Walmart People".
---kathr4453 on 2/22/13

You would be laughing at me because I love Walmart!

I pretty sure I have been in Walmart looking crazy esp on black Friday.

I just can't help myself.
---Nikki on 3/24/13

There are many verses in the Bible which say pray continually and pray without ceasing. It also says to praise God in the same manner. Two verses are Hebrews 13:15 and Acts 6:4 but there are many others. With that said it stands to reason we will pray out loud sometimes as the situation permits and when not praying or praising out loud we pray silently. God loves to receive prayers and praise from His children after all we were created for fellowship with God and to have that we must have contact with God through prayer and praise. Shira I too like the praying out loud in church and also the personal praise because I think what God hears is a beautiful sound of love.
---Darlene_1 on 3/23/13

Remdmber,one years ago living here, was a woman she had cancer.Many did not believe she was sick.She had days she went shopping, whatever. I like to pray loud somtimes, it been times I just need to open up & it just a personal choice. Anyway, I was praying aloud and few days later. She came to me and said "thankyou, for praying for me.She told me she was a witch in the santeria religion, voo doo that type of evil. Her sister because of my praying for Sandy, she said before she died "Sandy gave up evil religion and beg God to forgive her. She got saved 2 mos. Before she died & wanted to thankyou for praying."
---ELENA on 2/24/13

Once I heard a Sunday evening service broadcast from a local church. In the opening prayer, the pastor actually said, "And Lord, three points I didn't make in my sermon this morning....." and then enumerated and expounded upon them in the middle of his prayer.

As someone here asked, just WHO was the target audience?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/23/13

Jesus said that we shouldn't pray in public for the sole prideful reason of liking to hear our own lofty words. That is far different than praying in public for the purpose of being heard by God in time of need. Jesus addressed the Father in a public setting many times.
---jan4378 on 2/23/13

I always pray before entering Walmart. I pray, Lord, please don't let me stare or laugh at those "Walmart People".
---kathr4453 on 2/22/13

The big thing here is to distinguish conversation from theater. It isn't about how loud we pray, but rather about who is the target audience.

If we pray to God privately, we are holding a conversation. If, however, we pray to God in a venue where everybody else can hear us, we aren't really talking to God, we're mostly just performing theater for the benefit of everyone else listening - for their own approval.

This often also leads to the worse kinds of prayers in church, and when saying grace at the dinner table, e.g. "God, please help my brother here to overcome his sin of gluttony". This is not really prayer at all, it's just accusation disguised as prayer.
---StrongAxe on 2/22/13

Whether aloud or in silence prayer should be done appropriately. If someone who is with you at the time asks you to pray for their need it is often appropriate to do it there and then, aloud, with that person but, on most occasions, it should be for just God to hear. Praying aloud, particularly for the needs of others, can often be a way of spreading gossip, but it happens - A LOT.

If we wish to tell others (as well as God) about our own needs or sins that is up to us but it is not for us to say anything about anyone else publicly - disguised as prayer.
---Ritah_H on 2/22/13

Why ignore plain Word of Lord Jesus which is to pray in silent?

True prayer is a dialogue (a conversation with The Father in Heaven) which he has instructed to be done in private. If you are truly following the Word (Lord Jesus) there were no options provided to pray outloud in some situations or call it "corporate prayer" or any other nonsense, however most professing Christians reject Jesus and what is written to follow the traditions of their churches because it is more entertaining than the simplicity in the Lord Jesus of Holy Scripture. However the Lord asked why call me Lord and not do as I say?? ask yourself why follow lost men who pray out loud when they do the opposite of instructions from the Lord Jesus!!
---Follower_of_Christ on 2/21/13

we don't have to pray out loud but some won't do it because they are embarrassed or ashamed. I think it is a personal decision. I love a church where the members pray out loud. it is something about it that I like.
---shira4368 on 2/19/13

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.

There is silent prayer and there is corporate prayer.

Jesus on the cross and Stephen when being stoned both prayed aloud "FORGIVE THEM."

What of taking communion in an unworthly manner and "to be seen" taking communion without examining ourselves to suggest to others that we are okay in the Lord when outright sin tells otherwise? May be we should take communion in the closet as well.
---born on 2/19/13

Willie, very good answer. I also belief that many times while in a group, we should not pray out loud. Sometimes a person needs prayer because they are having trouble with their wives or husbands, and when they ask for prayer, everyone finds out what you are going through. A sister at our church and her husband were having family problems and were not speaking to each other, so the sister ask for prayer, and a whole group heard the whole life story in the prayer. The husband did not know everyone knew their personal problems. The couple had lost a son, and the mom showed more love for the son then the husband before he died, and she would bring it up to him and he would get mad. Now everyone knew their personal story.
---Mark_V. on 2/19/13

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when I got saved, my feet didn't hit the floor before I was in the altar and every woman there came to the altar and prayed out loud. you never see that anymore. I have only heard guys do it once since I was a teen. last sunday a week ago, I went to a church on the edge of okeefeenoke swamp. it was packed out and they had to bring chairs and put them in the isle. wow, that place had the touch of God on it. I haven't been in that kind of service in years.
---shira4368 on 2/18/13

Beloved, always when my sweet grandmother was alive, we prayed everyday. out loud.Today took me back to sweet times, we prayed aloud & she would sing to me songs about Jesus! Nobody here much today so, I felt free to.cry out to Jesus! Feel such energy whn I get to pray out loud.It special, too when I pray quiet or silent. Love to pray! Like a song " "when I Pray He's right beside me".Ps.130:1,2 Ps.109:4 Ps.143:1.
---ELENA on 2/18/13

The statement is using Jewish idiom. The "closet" is the Jewish prayer shawl. Still practiced by the Jews today. They wrap their prayer shawl around themselves, to pray in public. They are heard but it's like for us talking on iphone. It's polite to ignore if you can inadvertently overhear it.

In the old testament Daniel practiced praying aloud at his window. Anyone passing by could not mistake hearing it.

In Israel it is predominately a religious nation. All may pray aloud.

It's in America that it is being discouraged by the ungodly who talk on their iphones with others around them who can hear it.
---jan4378 on 12/6/12

I have found praying loudly effective when I am physically tired but needing to pray before I sleep, but if it will disturb others, I will pray as talking but producing no sound (Hannah example).
---Adetunji on 11/28/12

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along with what others have shared >

"pray without ceasing," (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

"praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God" (in Jude 20-21)

So, we need to pray "in the Holy Spirit" of God's love "in our hearts" (Romans 5:5). And the Holy Spirit "makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (in Romans 8:26) So, the Holy Spirit prays deeper than words, in love. Prayer and personal communication, then, can be deeper than words, in love. God can hear what we are thinking. What He knows we are thinking, then, could be the prayer He really hears! (c:
---willie_c: on 11/27/12

Geraldine, you can pray anyway you want. Just don't pray to impress anyone around you. If a group of believers calls for one person to pray together with the others, there is nothing wrong with that either. The most amazing thing God gave us believers is the ability to communicate with Him. It is a spiritual communication, because we are spiritually born again. And we worship Him in spirit and truth. None believers don't have this communication. We should spend more time in prayer, which allows us to spend less time on the flesh and the needs of the flesh.
---Mark_V. on 11/27/12

\\Two thousand years ago, Jesus told the Jews that had accepted Him as the Messiah that they should have prayer times throughout the day so that they can communicate to God what they need,\\

BCV, mew.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/26/12

Very helpful responses. The blessed role of the Holy Spirit in our praying and access to God is particularly good to remember!
---Geraldine on 11/26/12

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Two thousand years ago, Jesus told the Jews that had accepted Him as the Messiah that they should have prayer times throughout the day so that they can communicate to God what they need, but for us who have also accepted the eternal Holy Spirit of God (Hebrews 9:14), we have the privelege of always being IN COMMUNION with The Father and are told....

Matthew 6:8 "Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him". instead of US deciding what we shall be given, we should let GOD decide what we should be given and we should rest assured (have faith) that we will receive what is proper for our lives (let His graciousness be sufficient for you)....THIS is the way to honor/worship Him.
---more_excellent_way on 11/26/12

I cannot quote where the bible says this but (as the questioner says) somewhere we are told to 'go into our closet to pray'. It also says that some love to be heard for their vain repetitious prayers - or words to that effect.

Most of the time private, silent prayer is more valuable to the individual, even in a family setting. I prayed with my children appropriately but also told them that they had access to God wherever and whenever. We can pray silently on a bus, at school or work etc. and God will still hear us.

Sadly there are people who will judge another person's praying 'skills'.
---andreea on 11/26/12

ironically, it is always said on this site...shouldn't we do exactly what jesus says to do and does? while some things are followed fervently with threat of eternal damnation for lack of observance, others are seemingly dismissed.

there is no example of corporate prayer in scripture (except the example in the OT that cluny will point out), but i am not an Israelite. however, jesus was and he never allowed anyone to pray with him.

parents should definitely pray together...families...individuals together... any bodies that are truly one.

as for blessings for the pot luck dinner or a safe trip to cracker barrell after service and all other physical makes me want to crawl into my secret chambers.
---aka on 11/25/12

Would you stop talking to your spouse or best friend in public? Come on. Let's not make a relationship with God so hard and technical.
---lg8980 on 11/25/12

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I never pray out loud if I'm on my own. Prayer is, on most occasions, a private conversation between ourselves and God and I don't want others to hear what I am saying to Him.

I would only pray out loud if I were asked to do so, for example, when visiting someone who is ill or has problems which need prayer. Sometimes people are so low that they just cannot pray for themselves and then helping them is appropriate.

You can pray silently anywhere at all - on a train or bus, in the supermarket or even in the bath if you wish.

Don't allow someone else to tell you that your way is wrong.
---Rita_H on 11/25/12

Bless you Geraldine really my grandmother she was pentecostal she love to pray out loud and now after being to near death & could not speak at all, I was not attended' long story short/ now silent prayer better here satan.cannot.hear nor hinder my live in a large complex.lots of.people. thankyou good question. ELENA
---ELENA on 11/25/12

I do not know about others, but if I were not in a constant state of prayer and supplication, I would lose my mind. Or, at least it would degenerate into the awful condition it was in before grace came to me.

Some get carried away in public prayer situations for various reasons. Those who enjoy being the focus of attention through false piety are easily detected.

Nevertheless, there is grace for all who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.
---Phil on 11/25/12

the night I was saved in 1952, I was so under conviction when I went to the altar. every lady in the church came and they all prayed out loud. none was pious or seeking attention. as a matter of fact, you couldn't decifer who was praying what but they got hold of God that night. I looked hard for a church like that but they are not around anymore. everything seems to be so dignified and God has written over the door of most churches. I think you can pray out loud or silent...God hears
---shira4368 on 11/25/12

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"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."

Question answered?
---christan on 11/25/12

I think the main point in Our Lord's words were not to draw attention to yourself by your piety.

I've noticed that those who do tend to make themselves obnoxious in the name of Jesus, and then complain about being persecuted.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/25/12

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